Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry snapshot 2018

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into 14 groups

  • Road freight transport
  • Road passenger transport
  • Rail freight transport
  • Rail passenger transport
  • Other transport support services
  • Air and space transport
  • Water freight transport
  • Water passenger transport
  • Scenic and sightseeing transport
  • Pipeline and other transport
  • Postal and courier pick-up and delivery services
  • Water transport support services
  • Airport operations and other air transport support services
  • Warehousing and storage services

5% of the total Tasmanian workforce

74% of workers are employed full time

1 in 3 workers are employed in Road freight transport

63% of workers are aged 45+

The injuries

329 injuries across the industry group in 2018

45% of injuries over the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

9.3 serious injuries per million hours worked, 7% higher than the state average of 8.7

35% lower serious injury frequency rate in 2018 than ten years ago

The people

55-54 year olds report the highest serious injury frequency rates

Road passenger transport reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 38% Truck drivers
  • 16% Automobile, bus and rail drivers
  • 8% Delivery drivers

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Vehicle incidents and other

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual task
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Safe movement of vehicles and plant
Updated: 16th June 2020